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634: perfectionist

It’s terrible being a perfectionist at times. Because when things happen and are not to your favour, you feel dejected and feel like you’ve failed really badly. You are so taken away by the failure that you resort to eliminating any traces or reminder of that failure from your life.

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633: Tiong Bahru Bakery – treat for the senses

It’s been long since I’ve blogged about new food places. Many new food joints have sprouted around Singapore. In particular, artisan bakeries! We have Paul Bakery, Maison Kayser, Tiong Bahru Bakery and lately, Paris Baguette.

I was so moved by the simple croissant at Tiong Bahru Bakery that I felt the need to blog about it. Tiong Bahru Bakery sounds like just an old school bakery probably situated around some corner of Tiong Bahru estate but it’s not.

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It’s opened by a french baker Gontran Cherrier. Never heard of him before but when I tried googling for his name, he sounds amazing! But my god, the croissants were damn good.

I’m not biased because for one, I don’t like croissants. I didn’t like the greasy feel of croissants. They were just not my kind. But these are awesome. There are non greasy, buttery, flaky and crispy. The folds were ultra cute too.

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Besides these, they have awesome breads! The salted butter caramel roll was good too.

The sandwiches were good! Love the bread! They look hard but they are awesome soft inside.

I couldn’t keep my eyes off the display of desserts too. The tarts and cakes were gorgeous! It’s my dream to open a bakery cafe just like this! The interior was very simple, just simple furniture. Nothing fancy. Just my kind of place. Simple rustic.

Just me, my music, a good book, a nice croissant and a nice cuppa coffee/tea.

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632: I shot for the Sky

I love the way my body feels after my weekly runs. I love the way my body feels, my arms and tummy feels after my weekly body combat classes. Love it (: The adrenaline, the endorphins. I feel super uneasy if I do not exercise at all. I will feel super guilty if I do not go for gym/run on my scheduled gym days!

AWESOME! Had an amazing run today. Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in fate? I don’t know if I do. I don’t know if I still do, or have I resigned to my fate? Been jaded all these while. I want to believe. Waiting for THE change. (:

Bluesy tuesday tomorrow. I’m starting my twelve days straight of non-stop work. Oh well, at least there’s something happy to look forward to every weekday morning. My daily happy pills! It feels so secondary school/JC all over again (:

Baked salted chocolate ganache tarts with pate sucree today. My third bake this long weekend. Why the baking spree? Because when I bake, someone finishes it for me! Sis says she’s gonna eat it up for me and she can eat it all day. AWESOME! She says my tarts are “damn good”. YAYS!

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629: Professionalism

I don’t know if I am being oversensitive but this is the second time already. It can’t be that human relationships are so fragile. Still trying to believe in the good of human kind.

I’ll not cross any lines. Professionalism.


628: closing cycles

Closing cycles. I really like this phrase. Chanced upon this while browsing the blog of Paulo Coelho. He wrote a very meaningful article on closing cycles.

Closing cycles.
Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life.
Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust.
Stop being who you were, and change into who you are. ~ Paulo Coelho

Closing cycles, moving on, letting go of the visible to heal the invisible. It may be with pity and regret that we face our old ghosts. But somehow it had evolved into nonchalance and a little fury. Funny.


627: Airplanes

Can we pretend that airplanes in the nightsky are like shooting stars?

You never really knew me.
Yes, you.
The ordinary person on the street.
The people I claim close to me.
Am I that hard to understand?
Because nobody really knows me.

Today I derive joy through books
And just some me-time after a tiring day at work
It’s an emotional escape into the hidden deeps of this complicated world.


626: Vulnerable

Lately, the will is weak.
I feel I tear easily.
I don’t know but there are crazy things going on in my life right now.
Unexpected, caught by surprise.

Just that late afternoon, I was so upset, I just sat in Mcdonald’s, ordered a chicken Mcgrill for lunch and thankfully, my friend called. It was already late afternoon and the place was pretty empty, thankfully. I know that I am not alone. I am still young and this is probably one of the many trials I am going to face along this journey.

I am not alone in this. This is going to be my “test”. And it’s probably going to test the ones around me as well.

I have to be brave and walk on. I don’t know if it’s good to put on a brave front but I’m sure the people around me will want me to as well. But I can’t help being sad and emo. I was so down, all I wanted to do was plank on my bed and cry everything out. Well, it helped. A tiny bit. I didn’t want to hold back my tears because sometimes crying helps unleash all the tensed emotions within.

Another day at work today. I’ve got to be brave. At least, when I’m around people who care, I can’t affect them. I’m just going to smile. And reassure myself that things are going to be just okay.

Everything’s going to be just okay.


625: Hola! :)

Body combat four times (sometimes five) a week, run (at least 4.5km) once a week. This is insane but I love it. Work is going well too. And the perfect excuse especially after a body combat session in town on a weekend: shopping (:

The insanity. I’m so physically tired each day but I’m kept occupied every second of the day, at least life is purposeful now. oh wells, weekends are here! Saturday is going to be a rest day with a morning run, some family time, DRAMAS and a friend’s wedding gathering in the evening. Tomorrow, it’ll be body combat and zumba! Before I emo in the evening in anticipation for emo Monday. ):

I’ve two ripe bananas from a bunch of bananas that tide me through the week. I’m thinking of baking banana streusel muffins. But I guess, I’ll have my bananas in their pure original form. Don’t feel like baking anything cause’ it means more flour, sugar and eggs. I’m just not in the baking mood today. 😦


624: Goodbye

Time heals all wounds. It sounds totally cliche but it’s amazingly true. It sounds totally delusional but I am starting to believe. I am starting to believe in the wonders of this world. Hopes are up, I’m hoping life doesn’t disappoint. Stumbling through and finding my purpose in life. Sometimes, something unexpected happens. But I’ve got to remind myself not to place my hopes too high as well. I’ll just be myself and I hope life doesn’t disappoint the good. I promise I’ll be good. (:

For now, I think I’m more confident now to say goodbye.

So long, farewell. Auf Wiedersehen, adieu!


621: :)

I’m back from my trip to Beijing and Inner Mongolia. It was a fantastic experience, tried many things for the first time! This trip changed my entire perspective of this world. It’s awesome being able to take a break from life in Singapore to go travelling. I fear if I were to continue my life without any break, someday I would get sick of life. But it’s amazing. The world is such an amazing place. I met lovely people on the trip! Of course, I had my fair share of bad experiences with fellow humans as well. But I met awesome Mongolians and foreigners, friendship has no international boundaries. And their simple life has reminded me of how hectic and busy our current life is. Simplicity is beautiful 🙂

I feel renewed and rejuvenated after this entire 10 days. I feel so light all of a sudden.

I came back darker, healthier and wiser.

Got back just this morning and the first thing on my mind was to cook dinner for the family today. I boiled a herbal soup for 4 hours today. I enjoy drinking soup and boiling them. The soup has plenty of herbs and even lingzhi (or so), I threw in some honey dates (mi zao), longans and cha shu gu (some cordycep flower thingy) and the soup was so sweet and full of goodness. Cooked butter rice with raisins and almonds and another two vegetable dishes and a fish dish. So glad they like the meal! The greatest joy of cooking is in seeing that others enjoy what I have cooked. I find great joy cooking for people who appreciates what I have prepared. And that is why I cook or bake.

Alright. Time to start saving up money! I want to plan my next trip soon! So many places I want to go! I want to travel to New Zealand, Tasmania, Europe (in particular Greece, Czech, Austria, Russia, Romania, Spain, Nordic countries like Sweden, Norway, Finland), USA… Too many! 🙂